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How to Handle Neighbours from Hell

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We’ve all been subjected to some kind of nasty neighbour. From the party animals who keep you up all night with loud music to the old pensioner who moans about how long your grass is.
Before you start plotting your revenge, here’s how to best handle them in a civilized way.

1.Find a neighbourhood where you belong If you’re a senior, it probably isn’t the best idea to choose a neighbourhood full of young adults, staying up all night playing music. Just like families with children should steer clear of apartment buildings that mainly cater to the elderly, where loud kids won’t be tolerated.
 2.Try your best to be a good neighbour Get to know your neighbours. Go over and learn their names, wave when you see them and keep your lawn tidy. Common decency goes a long way!
 3.Patience is important If there is beef between you and your neighbour, wait at least 24 hours after an incident to bring up your concerns. By doing this you avoid tempers taking over the situation.
4.Be diplomatic Accident…

Relocating – Community Involvement

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If you’re looking to really feel like you’re a part of your new neighbourhood or town, the best thing to do is to get involved with the local community.
Not only is it a good way to meet new people, but it will also keep you active and allow you to give back to your community.
Here are some helpful tips to get involved in your new community:
#1  Keep your eyes and ears open for any events or activities in your neighbourhood.
#2  Don’t be afraid to explore! Get out there and visit new places to shop, eat and play.
#3  Invite your neighbours over for supper, a braai or go out for a cup of coffee.

#4  Consider joining a book club, or another organization that you would possibly be interested in.
#5  It’s easy to meet new people through activities such as volunteering and church activities.
#6  Get involved in sports in your neighbourhood, getting your children involved is also a great idea.
#7  Join the local gym, yoga centre or dance school.

#8  Use Facebook groups to connect with the people i…

Relocating – Settling In

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Now that you and your loved ones have found a great neighbourhood and beautiful home, it’s time to get settled in.
Keep these helpful tips in mind when you start settling in:
#1  This is a fresh start for your family, so only fill your house with the things you really want or need. Sell the rest or donate to charity.
#2  Once you’re finished unpacking, you’re going to be exhausted. Order a pizza or go eat out, you’re going to need the break!
#3  Think back to when you were studying the neighbourhood, where was the nearest grocery store and hardware shop?

#4  Always label your boxes according to each room. This will make unpacking so much easier.
#5  Take it one step at a time. Choose a room and unpack everything that belongs there and then move on to the next.
#6  Unpack your bedding and towels first, you’re going to need them for the night.
#7  Make sure you have ALL your boxes before the movers leave.

#8  This is a new neighbourhood and a new start. Don’t be shy to ask for help from neighb…

How to React to Rage

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In light of the Spur incident that happened a few days ago where a raging man physically threatened a woman in front of his and her children, we’re going to discuss what to do if you are ever in a similar situation.
Let’s say your children accidentally hit a cricket ball through a neighbour’s window, or you cut in front of a stranger standing in line. They’re now furious, swearing and possibly violent.
Please note - If you start to feel scared and as if you may be in danger, move away from the person immediately and call for help from the police or press the emergency SOS button on the PatrolMan app.
Luckily, most situations don’t turn out so bad! Here are some easy steps to remember if you are ever in a position like this...
Identify Rage. Rage is when anger mutates to its extreme form, like a person who is shouting or getting extremely agitated. Stop and think: Anger is an emotion that can change a person; I need to get a grip of this before I start getting angry myself. From ther…

Relocating – Finding a Neighbourhood

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You and your family are relocating to a new city or town, and you need to find a good neighbourhood where you know yourself, your family and your pets will be safe.
Keep these things in mind when you’re looking for a good neighbourhood:
#1  Visit the neighbourhood in person before you move there.
#2 Study the yards, gardens, driveways, etc. Is everything neat?
#3 Listen out for sirens, loud traffic, shouting and fighting.

#4 If you happen to meet a potential neighbour, have a conversation with them.
#5  Research the local schools, bus routes and activities if you have children.
#6  Decide how far you would be okay with commuting every day.
#7 There may be rules or limitations for owning pets.

#8 Take into account the nearest hospitals, highways, police station, airport, etc.
#9  If you can’t go to the neighbourhood in person, use Google Earth.
#10  Make a document with a list of your choices for possible neighbourhoods.

#11 Decide if you’re looking for a quiet neighbourhood or one that is busy …

8 Easy Ways to Keep your House Safe without Breaking the Bank

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When you wake up to someone in your house, it can be a devastating incident. How did an intruder violate your home when you live in such a safe neighbourhood?

Well, there are things that you can do differently to make sure you are 100% safe – most of them are free and easy to do!
 1.You may love to post your holiday pictures and plans on Facebook and other social media, but you are possibly setting yourself up to be a victim. Criminals use social networks too, especially to see whether homeowners will be away from home or not.
   2.The simple bark of a dog is enough to send a burglar running. Even if you don’t have a dog, putting up a “beware of dog” sign can scare criminals into thinking twice about breaking in.
 3.Don’t show off your expensive possessions! The worst thing you can do is unwrap your new expensive flat screen TV and then leave the box outside on the curb. Dispose of the packaging properly otherwise criminals will know what valuables you have inside.
 4.Burglars will run …

How to Drive Safely in Wet Weather

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Driving in the rain is no fun and for some people it can even make them feel incredibly uneasy. Wet weather contributes to nearly 1.2 million traffic accidents every year, resulting in thousands of deaths and serious injuries.
However, driving in wet weather doesn’t have to be a horrible, scary experience! All you have to do is remember these vital tips for driving in a downfall...
> Give the road your full attention. Did you know that when you drive you are driving out of habit, so often drivers are not fully aware of what is going on? When it starts to rain, people need to change their thinking and be alert and fully focused.
> Turn your lights on. It is the law to turn your headlights on when visibility is low; this helps other drivers see you. Good quality windscreen wipers and relatively new tyres are also extremely important when driving during a downfall.
> Slow down. Hydroplaning is what occurs when your tyres lose traction of the road because of a layer of water, result…

What causes House Fires and How to Prevent them

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Did you know that in South Africa about 3.2% of people will suffer from burn injuries, most of them being from the poor communities?

But why? Well some of the factors include; more and more people flocking to urban areas, chaotic unplanned urban development, serious overcrowding, inadequate electricity use in homes, paraffin used as an energy source and a lack of education.
The most common reasons for fires starting in homes are:
-- Old / damaged / frayed electric wires on appliances
-- Burning candles
-- Heaters / electric blankets
-- Cigarettes / cigars
-- Fire places
-- Gas leaks
-- Children playing with matches
-- Burning oil on the stove

With the colder months heading in, we will most likely see an increase in the number fires, burns, smoke inhalation and accidental ingestion of fuels. Many people in the rural areas who rely on candles and lanterns for light and fuel or fire for warmth are at major risk.
>> Never ever light candles or lanterns and leave them unattended
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Helpful Hijacking Tips

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Being involved in a hijacking is a traumatic experience and nothing can prepare you for it. Carjacking has increased by 15% in all provinces in South Africa, Gauteng having the highest.
But there are some helpful tips you can use in the event of a hijacking...
How to avoid a hijacking:
-- Always be alert and aware of your surroundings
-- If you have an electric gate, open it before you have to stop your car completely to allow for a quick getaway
-- If you don’t have a electric gate, take the key out with you
-- Make sure your driveway has proper lighting and no overgrown bushes
-- Avoid driving through high crime areas
What to do if you are involved in a hijacking:
-- NEVER lose your temper and get angry, show them you’re not a threat and do as they say!
-- Lift up your arms and show them that you have no weapons
-- Unbuckle your seatbelt, put your car in neutral and get out
-- If you have children in the car, calmly tell the hijackers that you need to get them out
-- Surrender your ve…

How to Deal with your Nosy Neighbours

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Someone constantly sticking their nose in your business can be one of the most annoying things on earth. Every time you make a move they are listening in on your conversations or watching you from afar.
But what are you supposed to do about it? Here are some helpful suggestions...
IGNORE THEM

Some nosy neighbours are just interested in getting some attention from you, not in what’s going on in your life. If you notice your neighbour watching you just ignore them and they’ll soon get bored and hopefully leave you alone.
DROP HINTS

If you ever strike up a conversation with your neighbour, drop subtle hints that you have noticed their behaviour. Tell them that other neighbours have been talking about seeing someone staring through their window. This may get them to back off.
BLOCK THEM

Build a fence or a wall around your property to gain back some privacy. If you feel that this method is too extreme for you, rather just plant some tall bushes in-between your yards or in front of your wind…

Why South Africans don’t trust the Police

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These days there is very little trust left in the police. A recent survey showed that the level of satisfaction with SAPS has decreased from 71.3% to 57.1%.

So, have people really lost hope in the police?
Yes! Many believe it is totally pointless to report crimes to the police, because they feel they can do nothing about it or they just won’t do anything about it.
When households around South Africa were asked why they had no faith left in the police, this is what they said:
79.8% - Police don’t respond on time
58.6% - Police are lazy
51.0% - Stolen items are never recovered
48.0% - Police are so corrupt
47.1% - Police release the criminals too early
45.1% - Police do not come into the area
39.1% - Police cooperate with the criminals
33.6% - Not enough police resources
32.4% - Police are harsh towards victims

The police in South Africa seem to be doing nothing about crime, and society continues to become disheartened.
However, this is the reason why neighbourhood watch groups have be…

Pet Fire Safety

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Is your furry friend safe from fires at home? You need to know the facts and be prepared in order to make sure they’ll never be harmed!
Here’s a helpful guide...
Did you know that every year about 40 000 pets die in house fires? And 1000 fires are accidentally started each year by pets.
4 helpful tips to prevent accidental house fires:
 1.Take off the knobs on your stove or lock them. It is so easy for your pet to walk passed the stove and accidentally move it just enough to turn it on. Stove knob covers are a cheap and easy way to stop this from happening.
 2.Never leave burning candles unattended. Always put out all open flames when you leave a room. Your pet can tip things over with their paw or tail without even realising it.
 3.Pet-proof your house. Just like baby-proofing a house, go through your entire home and get rid of any loose wires and other hazards.
4.Be careful of water bowls on wooden decks. Believe it or not but sun rays can ignite a wooden deck below if filtered through …

7 Ways you may be Wasting Water without realizing it

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Because we are in the middle of one of the worst droughts, wasting water is nothing short of a crime. However, did you know that the average person wastes about 100 litres of water every day without even realising it?
Here are a few ways you may be wasting water...

1. Leaving the water running. Never leave the water running when you are brushing your teeth, washing your hands, shaving or doing the dishes! All you need to do is change your habits and you will start to save water.
2. Leaking pipes. The biggest culprit when it comes to leaky pipes is the toilet. If it runs when it is not in use then check the valves and parts inside, otherwise call a plumber. Have your pipes looked at every year to avoid wasting litres of water.
3. Small laundry loads. We all need our clothes to be washed, but it doesn’t have to waste litres of water for no reason. Never run an entire load for one or two shirts, rather wait for a full load or match the water level if your washing machine has that option.

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